Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Photo shoot - What to wear

Planning and coordinating outfits for your family photo shoot can often be a stressful endeavor, so I've written this to hopefully minimize your worries and foster a more enjoyable photo shoot experience. 

One of the ways that people try solve the outfit dilemma is to put everyone in the same color. Although all white or all black tops are a quick and often adequate way to get your family coordinated for a nice family shot, sometimes you can end up with a look like this one.

This look is ok if you've managed to time-travel back to the 90's (I have a family photo quite similar to this one when I was six), but likely you are hoping for a more up-to-date look for your family's portrait. If this is the case, keep reading. 

Coordinating colors, patterns, and textures to create a more natural and visually appealing look is much easier than you may think. 

To assist, I have included some visual references to act as guides as your plan your family's outfits. 

Think color palettes. Find a color palette you like, and find pieces in your family's wardrobe that fall in or contain colors in your chosen palette. Coordinate, but don't necessarily match.

Don't worry if you end up with both stripes and plaid, or polka-dots and floral. With that said, make sure you include some solids to separate the patterns, but don't worry about how people will be placed in the photo, just leave that part to me! 

Since we're in the midst of summer I have included some examples of summer family photo shoot outfit  examples. Notice they're not concerned with patterns, but do include solids to break up the patterns. You wouldn't want a photo to make you dizzy with too many patterns! 

If you would prefer more neutral tones, incorporate a pop of color through accessories or with a smaller member of your family such as this grey and purple palette. 

And finally, you can add dimension and interest in your outfits through texture. Try adding in lace pieces, ruffles, or leather to add another element to your family's outfit compilation. 

I hope this post helps inspire your photo shoot outfit planning, and reduce your stress level surrounding it. Always feel free to e-mail me at gracebaldwinphotography@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding outfit planning! 

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